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Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

What is the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund?

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund is a charitable organisation that was founded by Nelson Mandela. The fund’s mission is to help individuals from birth to the age of 22, especially orphans of the AIDS crisis.

History of the fund.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund was established in 1995. Between 1996 and 1998, the NMCF successfully used R36 million to fund over 780 projects. This gives an average of R40 000 per project. The fund initially operated as a grant-making organisation that promotes a humanitarian response to the plight of South Africa’s children and youth. During 1995 and 1999, ad hoc funding strategies were employed that enabled children and their families to meet their immediate needs. One-time support for overheads and salary costs for organisations targeting children’s issues, with no particular basis for the NMCF’s engagement withe these organisations.

In the year 1999, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund realised that their welfare approach they were taking, was not sustainable. It did not encourage community involvement and it didn’t address the wide range of organisational capacity issues.

In order to find a new way, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund conducted an extensive review of national and regional policies on children and youth. This allowed the NMCF to identify several significant policy gaps, evaluate its portfolio of projects and internal procedures and carefully selected the programme intervention areas it would pursue.

This review made reached a peak during the year 2000, when the Sakha Ikusasa strategy was launched. This strategy reflected a new programme and organisational approach for the period from 2000 to 2005. This also established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund as a funding and development agency that wishes to change he ways in which children and the youth are treated in order to improve their lives.